Meteorite strikes moon during full lunar eclipse

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If that wasn't quite cool enough, review of the footage taken of the moon has revealed that, during the eclipse, it was struck by a meteorite. During the recent eclipse, at 5:41 a.m. local time, Madiedo captured the first such impact, showing as a bright flash on the top left portion of the moon.

The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) running out of La Hita Observatory has regularly recorded impact events, including one that was comparable to an an explosion of 15 tons of TNT.

As for the Blood Moon part, the folks at Earthsky.org say, "A full moon almost always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse". Software analyzing the videos identified the lunar impact flash and determined its position on the moon.

He doubled the number of telescopes the program usually has pointed at the Moon - from four to eight - and crossed his fingers. Because this event was seen by multiple observers separated by thousands of miles, the only conclusion is that something hit the moon, and its impact event was recorded on video.

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Observers of recent's lunar eclipse were blessed with a bonus surprise- a meteorite impact.

"We employ an array of telescopes endowed with high-sensitivity cameras that monitor the lunar surface in order to detect these events", Madiedo told ABC News. "I was really, really happy when [it did]".

The object hit at an estimated 17 kilometres per second, and was 10 kilograms and 30 centimeters across, according to Madiedo.

Millions of people around the world looked up at the sky in the early hours of Monday morning to witness the last total lunar eclipse of the decade. Wait, it's a meteorite hitting the moon? "But I made the extra effort to prepare the new telescopes because I had the feeling that this time would be 'the time, ' and I did not want to miss an impact flash".

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